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How to Give a Great Communion Message

This lesson is designed to help you if you have been given the opportunity to do communion at the worship service.  This is an outline of the message given at midweek and is intended to give structure to our communion speakers so that we can have an organized service.


Structure is essential in delivering a consistent message.  It also can help you a lot when you are trying to come up with a topic and make it flow during your talk.  If we are going to grow as a church and grow individually, we need structure.  This is no time to rebel and do it your way, if we all attempt to follow a organized structure, it will help people connect with God and also keep the flow of the worship service moving.


Being prepared is the key to everything in public speaking.  There are very few people who can just wing it and have everything come out fine.  John 14:2 says Jesus has prepared a place for you and I in heaven.  The key word is prepare, we can at least do some of the legwork necessary to help our people.  There is no part of the service that does not have any preparation.  The song service requires a lot of thought and practice, its hard enough to go up there and lead the congregation in song without preparing it first.  The same goes with the sermon, it takes the speaker a whole week to prepare what they are going to say and how they plan to deliver the message.  Preparation and structure go hand in hand.

This is the structure or format that you can use to prepare for communion:

  1. Opening/Introduction
  2. Headline
  3. Commentary
  4. Scripture
  5. Prayer

You can change the order around a little bit if you like.  Lets break it down into components so that you understand the format.


This is fairly easy and straight forward.  Introduce yourself and give the audience the scripture reference you will be using for the communion.  This allows them to turn to the page while you are getting ready to connect them to God.


The goal of communion is to help everyone make a connection to God and to remember the cross.  A headline is something you state that gets everyone’s attention.  Good Headlines grab the listener and tell them that this is not going to be boring and you need to listen to what I am saying.


The commentary is the verbiage that supports the headline.  This is where you make a simple point that is about the theme of your message.
  • It is ONE main thought
  • It can be a story
  • It is sharing, not preaching
  • It has to tie to into the scripture and message of the cross
  • Lists are good if they are interesting


The key to a good communion is to use ONE scripture.  When you ask people to start searching their Bibles for the next awesome scripture that you think is essential to your message, you risk losing them.  So many people start searching, some can’t find it, pages are rustling and you may go to the connection killing “pause”  All scripture is awesome, so pick one and go with it.  One thought, one scripture, its as simple as that.
  • Use a real Bible (the book) not your phone.  Bibles are credible and a well worn one says a lot about your walk with God.  When you use a phone or a tablet you invite the opportunity for something not to work correctly.  You can lose your open page, the battery could die, or you get an email or a tweet from someone that says your not entirely focused on God’s Word.  Put a bookmark in your Bible, it will never fail you.  When you are ready to read your scripture your audience will already be there waiting for you!
  • Use a version that most of the congregation uses.  Here is why:  When you start reading in a different version, the persons brain takes a second to figure out that you are using a different version.  They then have to transfer versions while you are reading and simultaneously listen to what you are saying and interpret what they are reading.  This again invites a disconnect that you are so reverently trying to produce.  I have found the 1984 version of NIV is what most people have, using that version will give you the higher success rate of being on the same version as everyone else.


When you are done with your scripture you may tie together the point of the scripture to the point of your message and then go to prayer.  A lot of times I use the prayer time to “clean up” my message.  If I forgot something important I just add it into the prayer.  Also when you pray, do not read it.  Reading it sounds mechanical and rote, something that other churches do with great ineffectiveness, pray from your heart.

That pretty much covers the structure lets take a few minutes and give you some good practical points to implement into your outline.


The perfect communion is 6 to 8 minutes long.  A disciplined man or woman learns this and prepares for this accordingly.  It is imperative you stick to this timeline.  When you go long, you do three things.  The first is you mess up the time line of the service and the song leader may have to adjust the number of songs sang because you went too long.  The second is, it is not fair to the person that is speaking next when you go long.  Thirdly and most importantly, when you go long you increase the odds of losing the connection you are trying to create between the listener, the point, and the cross.  So how do you know if you are on time or not?  Practice.  I practice my communions several times before I get up and speak.  I also use a cool timer app on my iPad and set it to 6 minutes.  I then go over and over my delivery and my point so that it flows nicely and its tight.  Good preparation does this every single time, it will also make you confident and cause you to memorize your thought which lends itself to you speaking more naturally to the audience. Practice and timing are great tools.


  • Use a bullet note system instead of writing out your entire communion.  Put the main point about what you want to say next in the bullet.  For example:  (bullet) Main thought, (bullet) Funny story from school, (bullet) this is how I felt, blah blah blah.
  • Videos  Using a video clip in the communion can be an awesome way of making a point and letting a rehearsed production do the work for you.  It can also lead to immense disaster if you do not have a PLAN B in case the video does not work.  Satan loves to cause interruptions and disable connections to God, there is a good chance the video will not work for some obscure reason.  But, if you are prepared, it won’t matter, because you will give it about 5 seconds and move on if it does not work.  The key is to make sure the audio visual person is totally ready with your clip and to have a sign for them to start it, end it or kill it.
  • Remember you do not have to be the greatest speaker to plant a seed inside of someone.  Lots of people think the audience is going to judge them by their mistakes and nervousness, NOT TRUE.  Someone out there in the audience needs to hear exactly what you have to say.
  • Be yourself and use inflections, pauses and tone to speak.  Tell your story so its fun to listen too.  People do not like monotones, so if you need help with this, just ask.
  • Make eye contact.  I look around the room, its a good speaking technique.  It also gives you instant feedback on the impact of what you just said.
  • Being nervous is good, it means you are stepping out of your comfort zone.
  • If you get stuck on how to put your communion together or how to say something, just ask for help.  There are plenty of times I have asked someone else for ideas when I am drawing a blank or cant find the right scripture.
  • Keep an idea sheet on the last page of your notebook.  You will be amazed at how many good ideas you will get when someone is speaking.  You will also be amazed at how hard it is to sit down and start with nothing, so the idea sheet will pay off big and give you a head start on topics.
  • Be ready to go at the last verse of the song before communion.  I always make my way up to row one and stand in the aisle and sing the rest of the song.  You want your arrival onto stage to be seamless when the singing ends.  Its hard to watch someone trying to make their way up from the back of the church when its their turn to speak.  You also send a subliminal message to your audience when you are standing ready.  It says, “I am ready, prepared and focused”
  • Preparing for communion will also help you grow spiritually.  Its a challenge to take someone to the cross in 6 to 8 minutes and keep their attention.  The hard work and preparation will help you spring board better quiet times and reading opportunities.
  • Have fun, it really is fun to share your heart.